Justin Bieber Wants Tougher Paparazzi Laws

Does The Biebs Have a Point?

Paparazzi Lesson PlanLast month we published a NEW lesson plan about the “Paparazzi”. We were inspired to do this lesson plan after hearing about Duchess Kate’s pregnancy. Despite the tragedy involving Princess Diana and the paparazzi, Britain’s Royal Family continues to be stalked by photographers. During our research we learned about a court case involving Justin Bieber and a celebrity photographer in a high speed chase in Los Angeles. This week, Justin Bieber and the paparazzi are in the news again. A paparazzo was hit by an oncoming car after stopping on the highway while trying to take a picture of Bieber’s Ferrari.

Did you already try our Paparazzi lesson plan in class? Are you interested in having a follow-up discussion? Share Bieber’s statement with your students and talk about what needs to be done to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again.

“Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves.” Justin Bieber

Watch The Video

Here is a short video clip about this recent paparazzi tragedy that you can share with your students. You may want to teach the following key vocabulary.

  • paparazzo (singular form of paparazzi)
  • a statement
  • legislation
  • innocent bystanders
  • reignited the debate
  • susceptible
  • wake-up call
  • contentious


You could also try having a mini-debate about this issue. Divide your class into two groups to debate this topic.:

Freelance celebrity photographers known as “paparazzi” should have the same rights and freedoms as other members of the press. No new legislation is required.

If you haven’t tried our Discussion Starters lesson plan on the Paparazzi, check out our podcast preview here.


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  1. Susan says:

    Jan 06, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I love your contributions. I like using authentic materials with my students. Please keep your articles and lessons coming Tara!!


    • Tara Benwell says:

      Mar 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Sorry I missed your message. We were having some trouble with our comments. I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying our lessons and ideas. Let us know if you have any special requests.

  2. Susan says:

    Jan 06, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I am a new member and love using authentic materials with my students. Thanks so much for your contributions. I love what you have provided… please keep providing more on current topics.


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